David Steel became the first Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament
The US Department of Commerce announced that hurricanes would no longer be given only female names, but would instead alternate between.
The USA and Canada formally established the North American Air Defence Command (NORAD).
The Soviet Union lifted its blockade of Berlin
Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth
Death of Sergey Aksakov, Russian writer
The Battle of the Douro, northern Portugal. Major General Sir Arthur Wellesleys British troops defeated the French led by Marshal Soult